[12/07/12 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 7
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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BELIEVE (A.K.A. UNTITLED CUARON & FRIEDMAN PROJECT) (NBC) - Casting has begun on Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman's drama pilot, about "a girl in possession of a great gift/powers - which will come into their own in seven years - and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down." The search for said role - 10-year-old Bo ("innocent and beautiful, a regular girl who has a depth and mystery to her") plus the adult male lead as well as another older character - comes in anticipation of a formal green light. The Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot is behind the hour with the company's J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk executive producing alongside Friedman and Cuarón, the latter of which is attached to direct. (Deadline.com)

DEATH BECOMES HER (Bravo, New!) - Robert Zemeckis is developing a small screen take on his 1992 film, about two rival women (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn) who both attain eternal youth, a development that only serves to escalate their foibles. Said hour is set up at Universal Cable Productions with Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Zemeckis executive producing via his Lupara Productions banner. No writer was indicated. (Variety.com)

HUMAN ERROR (Starz, New!) - British screenwriter Philip Gawthorne is developing a new sci-fi drama at the pay channel about two detectives - one human, one artificial - who are tasked with a seemingly simple case that ultimately leads to a larger conspiracy. Adam Schroeder and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce alongside Gawthorne. No studio was indicated. (THR.com)

TROPHY WIFE (ABC) - Ryan Lee ("Super 8") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman), "who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with Brad (Bradley Whitford), a successful charmer with a quirky sense of humor who has three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins)." He'll play one of said children in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which Jason Moore is directing from a script by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Adam Rayner is set to play the title role in Simon West and Jesse Alexander's proposed revival of "The Saint," which has yet to find a network home (Deadline.com); Mary Grill will recur on "The Mindy Project" as a tomboyish college friend of Mindy's (Deadline.com); Karin Slaughter's Will Trent book series is being developed as a TV series by Scandinavian production company Yellow Bird (Deadline.com); Oliver Kieran-Jones has booked an arc on "Glee" as "the leader of the glee club at NYADA, which new student Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is interested in joining" (Deadline.com); and Gina Torres is set to reunite with fellow "Firefly" alum Nathan Fillion on "Castle" (TVLine.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.